#Pray24Brum 2021 – A Patchwork Quilt of Prayer

Together we Bring Hope to our World This year’s #pray24brum will be different to any of those which have come before it, and (we hope at least!) from any which are still to come. One thing remains unchanged: it is an opportunity for all those who call ourselves Christian: across our different backgrounds, traditions, practices … Read more

Churches Charter for racial justice

Since the death of George Floyd in the USA in the Spring of 2020, leaders of Christian Churches and organisations across Birmingham have been meeting regularly via Zoom to address issues of racial injustice both in the Church and in society. The group, which comprises senior leaders from the city’s historic, Black Majority and new … Read more

#Pray24Brum is back: 22nd/23rd January 2021

Every January for the last few years, #Pray24Brum has brought together Christians in Birmingham and beyond to pray for our city. Taking place early in the calendar year and during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, #Pray24Brum provides an opportunity for Christians of different traditions to witness to our unity as we pray together … Read more

To open or not to open?

The third national lockdown began on Tuesday 5 January 2021. On this occasion, places of worship are allowed to remain open, as long as strict Covid-19 regulations are followed. Birmingham’s Churches are responding to the question ‘to open or not to open’ in different ways. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of … Read more

Call to sustained prayer

All Christian churches have been praying for those who work in the NHS throughout the Covid-19 situation, and many Churches and networks have been providing resources to enable individuals and congregations to pray with intelligence and focus. In addition, numerous calls to prayer and to seasons of prayer have been organised by different groups. The … Read more

Invitation to join Theological Reading Group

Revd Canon John Nightingale is extending an open invitation to all, whether ordained or lay, to join the Theological Reading Group, which begins a new series of online meetings on Thursday 14 January 2021. The book to be studied is ‘Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination’ by Walter Wink. To … Read more

40-day prayer journey through Birmingham

Having prayer-walked the postcodes of Birmingham over 40 days last summer, Andy Mackie has turned his pilgrimage into an excellent-quality, full-colour booklet, which contains the journal he kept, plus around 200 images from the city’s neighbourhoods. By making the booklet available, Andy hopes to encourage Birmingham’s Christians to ongoing prayer for the city and to … Read more

‘As-one’ to launch in 2021

One bright spot of 2020 was the resurgence of community spirit during the Covid-19 lockdown. This is still required, not least this winter. It is churches which, in a wider partnership, can help recapture this spirit, embed it for the long term and invest in new and fruitful links with their immediate neighbourhood, especially when we … Read more

Pray24Brum to take place virtually in January

For the last seven years, ‘Pray24Brum’ has organised 24 hours of unbroken prayer during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The organisers are working to enable the inter-Church prayer initiative to go ahead on Friday 22/Saturday 23 January 2021, albeit mostly in online format. The theme for the prayers this year will be … Read more

Connect Church looks to the future

One of Birmingham’s oldest Pentecostal churches is looking to the future as its new building nears completion. The ancestor of today’s ‘Connect Church’ began life in Sparkhill on Saturday 13 July 1940 under the name ‘Glad Tidings Hall.’ From humble beginnings during the Second World War, the church later became ‘Calvary Temple’ and then ‘King’s … Read more